'''Aaron Hillel Swartz''' (November 8, 1986January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet Hacktivism|hacktivist
. He was involved in the development of the web feed
and the Markdown
publishing format, the organization Creative Commons
, the website framework web.py, and the social news site Reddit
, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.
Swartz's work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee
in 2009 to learn more about effective internet activism|online activism
. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University
's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig
. He founded the online group Demand Progress
, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was...